05/21/08

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Name katie brmbry
Location schertz,texas
Comments i just wanted to say i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Name Kraig Turner
Location Austin TX
Comments JANET & STEVE THE SITE LOOKS GREAT. MATT,HAPPY LATE B-DAY FROM ME AND EVERYONE WE ALL MISS YOU (PLEASE WATCH OVER ALL OF US LOVE U BROTHER)TO ALL THE GROUP THAT READS THIS THAT I MAY HAVE NOT TALKED TO OR SEEN LATELY LOVE YA'LL AND MISS YA'LL TOO.

Name LISA-MARIE OSWALD
Location AUSTIN, TX.
Comments STEVE AND JANET I AM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS! WHATS EVEN MORE SHOCKING IS THAT I'M JUST NOW FINDING OUT ABOUT MATTS PASSING (APRIL 28, 2004) ALONG WITH AMY!! IT PUTS A WHOLE NEW LIGHT ON HOW QUICKLY WE LOSE CONTACT OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MEANT SO MUCH TO YOU IN YOUR LIFETIME. I LOVED MATT DEARLY AND THE TIME WE ALL SPENT TOGETHER (THE THREE MUSKETEERS OR SHOULD I CALL US THE THREE STOOGES)MEANT SO MUCH TO ME. I ONLY WISH I KNEW SOONER I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO BE THERE TO SAHRE WITH EVERBODY THE LOVE THAT WE ALL HAVE FOR MATT ON THE DAY OF HIS FUNERAL. I AM TRUELY SORRY. STEVE AND JANET YOU ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MATT I LOVE YOU AND JUST LIKE EVERYBODY SAYS KEEP SMILING!!!

Name: Amy Griffin (Holder)
Location A-Town baby
Comments Steve & Janet, i wanted to 1st start by thanking you both for letting me come by to visit and share our great memories of Matt. I'm just sorry that i didn't know sooner. There's so many lost words I wish I could have said and it's so hard to set with this so many years later. I will forever remember the 8 of us shacked up in South Padre... and the long HOT drive there & back, in the jeep with the top down and the sun beeming on us! :)Those were some of the best times of my life! Matt will always hold a special place in my heart. Thank you both for using the picture I took of Matt in my room. Who knows that may have been the start of my photography career. I love you both and my heart goes out to you. God Bless!
 

Name Toni St. Amant
Location Austin, TX
Comments The website looks GREAT!!! Love you Matt!!:)

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Name Brian Hammond
Location Pflugerville,TX
Comments The website is looking good! Nice work.

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Name Gay Ruggiano
Location Temple, Tx
Comments what fun memories - the videos were especially great.
A whole lotta love in them.

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Name Bill Bembry
Location Schertz,TX
Comments I just wanted to thank everyone for their contributions and attendance to Marsh Madness. Dad and I talked on the way home that night about how much Matt would have enjoyed it and how great it was that everyone came together to celebrate his memory and the love we have for him. My hope is that we can make this happen every year.
I love you little brother....


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Name Aunt Adon
Location West By God Virginia
Comments Wow, What a tribute, the effects of the live voice and photos, thank goodness we are living in these times where we can all reflect, smile, cry and wish there were more time. But thank Steve and Janet more as they both have the knowledge, techonological know how and the love to keep Matt's spirit alive. And thank you also for the wonderful videos of Daddy, what an added plus and welcome sursprise. It's been to long.....Thank you, now when I'm feeling lonely, I can go and see Matt's smile and Daddy's quirky manerisms that I miss so very much. Love You All So Much
Donna


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Name Bill Schlunz
Location Bartlett, IL
Comments Very touching site. I'm really impressed at how much you've done in Matt's memory. He's obviously very loved. Anyone would be truly lucky to have family & friends like you.

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Name BK,Coral and Kelsie
Location Austin, TX
Comments We really enjoy the website. We look at it all the time to see the newest updates that ya'll have added. We appreciate all of your efforts for keeping Matt's memory as bright as his smile. He will always be here with us in our minds and our heart. We love you Matthew!

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Name Rene, LeAnn Martinez, Brandt
Location Austin.Tx
Comments Mr. & Mrs. Marsh you have done a great job on the website. We miss you Matt dearly, and you are with us each and everyday through are thoughts and prayers. Love You!

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Name Jane Calvert
Location Atlanta
Comments Dear Janet and Steve, Karen told me of your sad loss, my heart aches for you. I am touched by your beautiful web site, a lovely tribute to your wonderful son. I know you have been told this many times, you must be so proud of him. And all that knew him were blessed. My thoughts are with you. Love, Jane

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Name Karen Parker
Location Tallahassee, Florida
Comments I finally got it to work! You know I am technologically challenged! The web site is absolutely wonderful. I had a great time at Marsh Madness and next year I am bringing recruits. It was so nice to see Matt and Daddy again. Thank you. I love you. KK

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Name Dan Hayes
Location Rochester, MN
Comments Wish I could have joined all of you for Marsh Madness this year. What a huge success! What an inspiring demonstration of love for Matt and his family!

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Name Julie Smith
Location Dallas
Comments I just want to say hi to Janet, Steve and all of Matt's family. I'm sure this is a difficult week for you as you come up on the anniversary of Matt's death. I read all of the tributes to Matt again. What a sweet young man he was! I just wanted you to know that I'm thinking about you and hope that he is watching over you.

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Name Sharon Bembry
Location Austin
Comments In the past year, I have thought about Matt and about both of you, Janet and Steve, almost every day. I have a picture of Matt's smiling face in my mind because I can't remember ever seeing him without a smile. It is really hard to know that someone so full of joy is no longer with us. I wish that I had visited Matt's web site sooner because it is so great to see the pictures and hear the words of love from everyone. Janet and Steve, I don't know if any day without Matt can be any harder than another. Each day probably brings different, special thoughts and feelings. This week may be especially difficult. Please know that you are both in my thoughts and prayers, and that I love you. Sharon

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Name Toni St. Amant
Location Austin, TX
Comments Wow...it's been a year....seems like just yesterday that I saw your awesome smile:) You know I have been thinking all day long about the right thing to say today...as if I were being graded or something....how silly huh. I had called your mom and dad today to send my love...and I had told your dad that I wanted to send you a message on the website but could not find the words to express my feelings...and he told me to say just that. Anyway we are all coming to see you today...there have been several of us talking on e-mail today discussing how eager we are to come and see you and spend this day together. Well Matt I just want you to know that I love you very much and miss you too....it is still hard....I am still so sad that you are not here. Well I better go....people are gonna wonder why I am crying at work:( I love you!!!! Watch over all of us okay:):)

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Name Amber Craig-Schepper
Location Austin, TX
Comments I pulled out photos today that I have been trying to put in my scrapbook now for a year...to this day I think of you often and how blessed I am to have had you for a friend! The web site is the best gift to all of us and I am thankful to be able to share all the wonderfl memories when ever I like. Hope all is well Steve and Janet & thanks again for all your efforts in keeping Matt's memory alive!
God bless


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Name: Dad
Location: Austin
Date: Thursday June 05, 2003
Time: 09:41:34 AM -0700

Happy Birthday Matt


Name: Amy Miiller Luotn
Location: Del Valle Tx
Date: Thursday June 05, 2003
Time: 07:00:45 AM -0700
 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MATT WE ALL MISS YOU


Name: Amy Miiller Luotn
Location: Austin Tx
Date: Thursday June 05, 2003
Time: 06:57:44 AM -0700
 

I just wanted to wish matt a happy birthday and to let his family know that he is missed very much. Happy Birthday big guy. I hope that we will be with you soon. Love the Miillers


Name: Amy Miiller Luotn
Location: Austin Tx
Date: Thursday June 05, 2003
Time: 06:57:34 AM -0700
 

I just wanted to wish matt a happy birthday and to let his family know that he is missed very much. Happy Birthday big guy. I hope that we will be with you soon. Love the Miillers

 


It has been almost nine months since my dear friend has left to go on to the promised land he believed so much in. I miss his honesty and his caring look more so now than I did in the past months after his departure. Today is May 11, 2003 and another Mothers' Day is upon us. I haven't been much on the Mothers' Days in the past because it always brought up thoughts of what it would be like if my mom was still down here when I should be thankful she is watching over myself and my sisters. Janet, I have thought about you so much more than you know. You remind me of my mother so much it gives me chills sometimes. You both have the ability to shine like stars in the darkest of situations. The strength you both have is something I've never seen in anyone and I am privileged to have known both of you. Matt is an angel and is so proud of you as he always showed when he was down here with us. I know this day will make you stronger because his spirit is all around you. Matt always invited me to come over for dinner especially on the two mothersí days that passed during our friendship. I wish I could have those days back sometimes so I could have seen you two together and been a part of so much love being shared by your family. All that love filters down from yourself and Steve. Matt is with you everyday and will be in this world and the next. I love you and hope I can remain a part of your family in both worlds as well. Happy Mothersí Day Janet and thank you for being such an inspiration to myself and all you come in contact with. Your long lost son, Jason R. Lawson
Jason Lawson
Pflugerville, TX USA - Sunday, May 11, 2003 at 18:52:50 (PDT)


I was in my closet today, not cleaning, just by myself, and I noticed a gift bag with a very sexy man on it so natually it cought my interst. Tuns out, it was a gift bag from my 40th birthday party and in this bag were the many sweet cards that I recieved ( some were cruel ) as only 40th cards can be. But as I flipped hrough and read them, the one that stopped me in my tracks was from you. My dear sweet Matthew. Of course the tears flowed but I wanted to share with you how very sweet you were to me, even though you couldn't be there personally. I knew it was from you by the envelope, it read " To My Aunt Adonn ", It was a to Dear Aunt on Her Birthday. It wasn't mean, there wer no bad jokes, just very sincere thoughts from you to me that I will treasure forever. You know that you have your da's handwriting. Actually both of your parents have pleasant printing, but your signature of MATT looks an awfull lot like SAM, and that's a good thing. Thank you for signing it "Love Your Oldest Nephew" cause that you ALWAYS be. I love you and just wanted you to know that I felt your love all over again and I wanted to give it right back to you. I Love You Matt! Aunt Adonn
Aunt Adonn
summit point, wv USA - Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 18:01:24 (PST)


Hey you, it's me again i've been thinking about you lately, well I ALWAYS think about you but we've all thought about you alot more since it was Valentines Day a couple of days ago.you know nothing seems to be the same since you left I find myself thinking about you every day and every day i wonder how life would be different if you were here with us helping us with everything being the good person i know you were.its hard for me to write to you with out getting a tear or two rolling down my face.but i guess thats the way life is and thats the way god wanted it to be but its alright because one day i will meet up with you in the room next door that's only one step away.this Valentines Day I bought a ballon that sais I LOVE YOU and let it go in honor of you.well i have to go now but i'll write to you later O.K. and dont forget Matt we all love you.
Martha Alvarez
Austin , T.X. USA - Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at 08:58:28 (PST)


Hey Matt,we've all missed you lately and I'm sure that Valentine's Day isn't the same with out you.It's hard for me to write to you with out getting a tear but at the same time I smile because I know that you are only a room away and one day we wil all met up with you. Every place I go there is always something that reminds me of you I dont know why and I dont know how but what I do know is that I do love you very much for always being the good person that I know you were. I guess that's why your parents and all those people who meet you admire you so much. Once again I love you Matt even tough I didnt know you or talk to you that much I still love you.
Martha Alvarez
Austin , T,X USA - Tuesday, February 18, 2003 at 08:57:58 (PST)


On this Valentine's Day, I want to say that you are truly loved and missed by many. Today you are everyone's Valentine. Love You, Man. Spencer.
Spencer Wilkinson
Austin , Tx USA - Friday, February 14, 2003 at 08:52:48 (PST)


Hey you, I have really been thinking about you alot, of course I do every day as sit in front of either my computer at home or at work, I see your beautifull, smiling face. In The lake at home and your angellic look with your hat tipped to the side. What a look only you could give. I want to let you know that every time me and the kids go out to lunch or dinner,they get a balloon. And ever since you left us, they "ALWAYS" send their balloons to you and grandaddy. And they stare into the heavens, with their beautifull smiles, with hope and wonder, untill they can no longer see it. They then know the've sent you both a little love from here. I always get a tear when this happens, but I can't help but snile at the same time. I am so sorry that I haven't written to you befor now. I have tried numerous times and found myself unable to finish. People say that time heals, but I'm not sure if any of us will truely heal from loosing your sweet smile to look at. Please continue to talk to your mom and dad from the heavens above. They need to know that you are there and that you are OK. I know you are safe right now and that you have no more pain. I do find comfort in that but it doesn't keep us from terribly missing you. I love you Matthew, with all my heart. You have always had a very special place within me. A place that will Never be replaced. Keep smiling. I love and miss you lots Aunt Adon
Aunt Donna
Summit Point, WV USA - Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 07:25:28 (PST)


I meet Matt a couple of times when he used to live with his parents,he was always respectfull,happy,nice and so many other things that words can't describe.I meet him and his parents by one of my grandmothers good friends. I can remember that he would always be in the hospital or home sick but always with a smile on his face.I never understood his illness until now and now i also realize how hard he had to work to bein good health but now he does'nt have to worry about that any more because he is in a world were he doesnt worry about anything except his family and friends
Martha Alvarez
Austin , T X USA - Friday, January 31, 2003 at 08:59:21 (PST)


Hey Matt.....I was thinking about you today.....actually I find myself thinking about you a lot!! Anyway I just want you to know that you were on my mind...I miss you very much:) Sean and I have grown close to your parents in the past few months...they are wonderful people and we hope to spend more time with them in the future. Well that's all for now...I love you bunches!!!!!
Toni St.Amant
Austin, TX USA - Friday, January 10, 2003 at 07:36:12 (PST)


Matt with the dancing eyes. That is how I remember him. The little boy with dark dancing eyes and a grin as big as Texas. When I first met Matt, his parents had just moved to Austin and his Mom had just started working at Carpenter and Associates. Janet was brand new and didn't know anyone when Matt suddenly got sick and wound up in the hospital. I didn't know Janet well and certainly didn't know her son. I paid a visit to the hospital and took something really little to Matt (like stickers.) He thanked me profusely and spontaneously and was genuinely delighted with my small gift. His Mom did not prompt him to thank me. I remember the stark white sheets and his jet black hair and big grin. It was hard to imagine he had been so sick. He chatted to me like we were old buds and as I left I knew that Matt was a special child indeed. A few months later Janet and I had arranged to go out to dinner. At the last minute, she called me and said the childcare arrangements had fallen through and Matt would be joining us. "Oh no. A kid" I thought to myself. As a swinging single I had little use for children and especially a seven year old BOY even though he had impressed me in the hospital. What a lively and charming dinner companion he was! He was a delight and when I got up to leave he hugged me and it brought tears to my eyes because he was so sweet and genuine. A year or two passed and Janet brought Matt into the office. When they left, a coworker approached a group of us standing at the front door. Incredulous, he said "Janet and Steve are worried about Matt's GRADES!!" He continued, " with charm like that - that kid will get any job he wants!!" We all chuckled and nodded in agreement. I don't want to give the impression that Matt was a perfect saint. His Mom and Dad worked very hard and his Dad was going to Hawaii on business. They somehow managed to make arrangements so Janet could go as well and Matt would be staying with his Aunt Donna (whom, incidentally, he ADORED). I recall sitting around the kitchen table and Janet was all animated and filled with anticipation of the upcoming Hawaii trip. Matt said "yeah, they are going to paradise and dumping me here!" Janet actually looked guilty and as she turned away he shot me a HUGE grin. "Whhaaaaat" his unsuspecting Mom said? Poor "dumped" Matt looked all dejected again. Through the years I lost touch with the Marsh family but I often thought of them and just knew that Matt had grown up to be a big handsome guy. When I was pregnant with my first child I wondered what in the world I would do if it was a boy. Indeed it was a boy. I knew it would be okay because then...............I thought of Matt. Hang in there old buddy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Write when you can. Love Lois
Lois Wren
USA - Tuesday, December 03, 2002 at 13:16:22 (PST)


Matt- It hasn't been long, but it feels like a lifetime since you left us for a better place. Even after all this time I am still having trouble writing. I waited until I felt ready to express my thoughts. You were a great friend and a great person and always will be in all our hearts. I started my own business and it is kind of weird, because as many hours that I put into it you would think one would be exhausted, but I feel a strength that pushes me to continue to do what I do. I know that you are here. I miss you and your smart comments and you coming over and eating all our food. You were always there for me though, believe it or not. Always had good advice to share along with your heart. I miss you, but I know you are still with us all. I think you are needed more now than ever here, but then you probably already knew that didn't you. I hope you help out soon?!!! Love your friend Mark Cortinas "At one time you were one man in one place, now you are one spirit everywhere." Love ya Matt
Mark Cortinas
Austin, TX USA - Sunday, November 24, 2002 at 17:05:06 (PST)


I remember the first day I met Matt. We were both about to start our freshman year at Bowie and my family had just moved to Shady Hollow. My mother sent me to basketball camp at Bannockburn Baptist church. I walked in, not being the athletic type, and surveyed the gym. I spotted Matt right away. I was hard not to, seeing he was wearing a pink tank top. We started our most unconventional friendship that day. He liked to come over after school and eat brownies and talk to my mom. He scored big ponts with her, as you all know how charming he was. We ran with different circles at school, but we did have one class together. Biology. I will never forget our final project of WILDFLOWERS. Janet and Steve drove Matt and I to Barton Creek Country Club stopping periodically along the roadside to pick flowers. What fun! Matt liked to pick on me, this day I was wearing a blue and white short set. He told me " You look like my mom in that". I always appreciated his candor,retrospectively. My Family moved away from Austin after Bergstrom AFB closed in 1992, but I always tried to keep in touch. I have read all the lovely things his friends and family have to say and it makes me smile. Matt has always had a special place in my heart. I have not seen Matt since 1999 when he drove up to Dallas to see me while I was visiting from Italy. I know he will truely be missed. I miss my ol'friend. I know he is flying with the Angels tonight, making Heaven laugh.
Jennifer Neill Davis
Keflavik, Iceland - Saturday, November 16, 2002 at 10:50:00 (PST)


Well, I dont even know where to begin. It has taken me this long to even think about doing this. I just dont know of any words that would do justice to who Matt was. I met Matt almost three year ago at Dallas Night Club (imagine that). I loved going to that place but had a hard time finding guys that could really dance like they said they could. Well I had seen Matt at the begining of the night walking around with the brightest shirt in the place. Stuck out like a sore thumb. He smiled and I smiled but he never asked me to dance. This went on for about two hours until he finaly asked. From then on we became two peas in a pod. We saw more movies and visited Denny's and Katz more times than any normal human should have. He became my best friend. We talked about starting to date but we both were afraid to mess up the great friendship we had developed. We both knew there was something there besides friends. And everyone else seemed to know also. But we denied it to everyone and to our selves for the sake of friendship. We made many promises to each other through out our friendship. Like getting married if neither one of us had married by 2004, I promised to go back-packing in Europe(only if Matt would carry my back pack and we could stay in a hotel most of the time), to see as many broadway plays as we could and many more. I intend to carry out everyone of these I can. If I learnd anything from Matt it was how I should be treated by other people. I now know that the person I spend the rest of my life with will have to be everything Matt was to me. He loved me and everyone else unconditionaly. Matt you will forever be in my heart! I LOVE YOU! There you win!
Stacy Rudisill
austin, tx USA - Sunday, November 03, 2002 at 18:59:35 (PST)


TO THOSE WE LEFT BEHIND Ė FOR A WHILE I am free and now soar the Heavenly realm, no longer bound to the earthly plane, with its grip of space and time. In Spirit again, as I was originally created, In the likeness of my Creator. As His Son, our Savior, promised A room was waiting here for me. For you see my work there was done The test of faith and healing was complete. My Father called me home Exactly at His appointed time. Now that I am on this side, I understand. Everything is clear and the plan so perfect. As are all things that God does If only there we have True Faith as our eyes to see. But you see, that is why we go there, That place where you still are. It is why we pray and wait on this side Hoping for yet another chance to try that test again. Souls in Spirit like me see so clearly here. But we want for nothing, surrounded by Peace and Love. How can we prove our Faith and Love for our Father here. There is no test, no challenge no risk or fear. But in the realm of physical matter, with space and time as bounds. We are stripped of the Peace and Order of this Heavenly place. There we can suffer or soar, based on our Spiritís action and reaction To all the challenges and problems. Can our eternal gift of Grace arise in the form of Blind Faith? Or will we sink into the abyss of earthly sin and folly? Attempting to conquer, control or win Some perceived goal, status or gratification. They are all grains of sand in the wind, Only appearing as gold to a lost and faithless Soul. That is why, Here we pray constantly to the Father. Enlighten our Brothers and Sisters, please! While they are there and can still win the true reward. Shower them with the Lordís Saving Grace! Preserve their advancement in Spirit! Bring them Home a true winner in the Eternal Test of Love. Turn their hearts and minds against the gravity of flesh. Instead, animal instincts retuned to Spirit, Remembering how to soar. All that is needed is Faith and Trust. Step out into that apparent void Off that precipice where you are perched. That is not safe and solid ground. For the whole of the realm of physical Is just a dream, a mirage from Here. It is but a movie set, a stage for Souls to play. Your time there is measured to the second, not the day. So why do you grieve for us, those in Spirit over Here? We are the ones that grieve and pray for you. For you are the ones at risk in peril. How you stand to the test of Faith and Love Can only be affected there. We root for you and pray For every good thing you do. Every time you live the Words Jesus laid down for you. A cheer and songs of Thanks and Praise go up to our Fatherís Throne. For another of our Soul Groupís won The Eternal Spirit prevails again And evil is outshone! So set aside your grief and look backward no more. Your time is short so move ahead with your challenges and tests. Fear not anything, for nothing there is real! Get on with the Lordís work through you For you have all Eternity to heal. And once you are Here, greeted by cheering Souls. You will see what I am telling you And be glad you spent every precious moment there Attempting what was set out for you before you ever went. Find the lamb, lost in the brambles! Redirect those straying from the path! Encourage the faithless! And do all this, only in His Name for His Sake Ė for then You win the Battle! Randall Paul - October `6, 2002
RANDALL PAUL
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, October 16, 2002 at 05:02:34 (PDT)

 


 

Well buddy, it's been a little over a month now, and there is not a day that goes by that you and your family aren't in my prayers and in my thoughts. This has made me realize how fragile life is, and how quickly it can leave you. I feel kind of selfish, as does everyone, I think. I wish that it were your family and friends that could see you and talk to you on a daily basis. I know that you are in a better place, but it is still not fair. We'll all be there soon enough, though. I've thought about all the why's and if's and everything, and I think that I've come up with the "why" part. Moses could carry the Ten Commandments, but he couldn't carry the basketball team, "God's Squad". He needed a post player. He figured that of all of His options, you were the best man for the job. Good natured, funny, smiling, and a pretty darn good player. Now, instead of playing only in your spare time, you're doing it all day every day. Just like you had wanted. See, things do work out. See you soon. Love you, man. Spencer.
Spencer Wilkinson
Pflugerville, Tx. USA - Monday, September 30, 2002 at 08:31:11 (PDT)

 


My dearest Matthew, I tried to sit and give tribute in the other web site set up by the MEM.COM, but was unable to tap out my thoughts. They say that time heals all wounds, but I am affraid dear nephew that this wound will be hard to heal for all of us. You were so very special to me, and I think you knew it in your heart. I hope that I can finish this at another time. But again my fingers fail me. Bye for now, I promise to finish. A visit to this web-site is partial reasoning for my inablity to write. Love Aunt Adon
Donna Eaves
summit point, wv USA - Wednesday, September 18, 2002 at 16:04:43 (PDT)

 


People have said that Matt and I were the closest through out the group. Maybe. However, every single person in his life loved him just as much as I did. And he loves them the same as he loves everyone, with all of his heart. I loved Matt so much. He was not just a friend to me, I looked at Matt as my brother. I looked to him for advice, and I know, even still, I can find the answers through him. Through the eyes that never fell hard on anyone. Teddy, you and I will always be family. We will party again soon. But, not just yet....... With evry bit of my heart, I Love You Big Boy! Always, Tommy Tuffy
Brian Compton
Austin, Tx USA - Monday, September 16, 2002 at 18:31:14 (PDT)


THERE IS NO WAY I CAN PUT IN TO WORDS THE LOSS I FEEL NOT HAVING YOU AROUND ANYMORE. HOWEVER, I DO FEEL SOME COMFORT KNOWING YOU ARE LOOKING OVER MY SHOULDER AT ALL TIMES NOW. HERE ARE SOME WORDS GIVEN TO ME WHEN MY MOTHER PASSED AWAY THAT I READ WHEN I START TO WONDER WHY AND HOW THINGS COULD HAPPEN THE WAY THEY DO. "IF YOU COULD SEE WHERE I HAVE GONE, THE BEAUTY OF THIS PLACE, AND HOW IT FEELS TO KNOW YOU'RE HOME, TO SEE THE SAVIOR'S FACE, TO WAKE IN PEACE AND KNOW NO FEAR, JUST JOY BEYOND COMPARE. WHILE STILL ON EARTH YOU MISS ME, YOU WOULDN'T WANT ME THERE, IF YOU COULD SEE WHERE I HAD GONE. IF YOU COULD SEE WHERE I HAD GONE, HAD MADE THE TRIP WITH ME, YOU'D KNOW I DIDN'T GO ALONE, THE SAVIOR CAME WITH ME. WHEN I AWOKE HE WAS BY MY SIDE, SAID "HURRY, YOU'RE GOING HOME TO A GRAND AND GLORIOUS LAND. DON'T YOU KNOW WITH YOU AT HOME, THEY'LL ALL LONG TO BE HERE TOO?" IF YOU COULD SEE WHERE I HAD GONE, AND SEE WHAT I'VE BEEN SHONE, YOU'D NEVER KNOW ANOTHER FEAR, OR EVER FEEL ALONE. YOU'D MARVEL AT THE CARE OF GOD, HIS HAND ON EVERY LIFE, AND REALIZE HE REALLY CARES, AND BEARS WITH US EACH STRIFE, AND THAT HE WEEPS WHEN ONE IS LOST, HIS HEART IS FILLED WITH PAIN, BUT O! THE JOY! WHEN ONE COMES HOME, A CHILD AT HOME AGAIN. IF YOU COULD SEE WHERE I HAD GONE, YOU'D KNOW WE WOULD MEET SOMEDAY, AND THOUGH I'M PARTED FROM YOU NOW, THAT I'M JUST AWAY, AND NOW THAT I'M HOME WITH HIM, SECURE IN EVERY WAY, I'M WAITING HERE AT HEAVEN'S DOOR, TO GREET YOU SOME SWEET DAY." I MISS YOU FRIEND. LOVE ALWAYS JASON LAWSON
JASON LAWSON
AUSTIN, TX USA - Saturday, September 14, 2002 at 15:57:12 (PDT)


LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH.
Brandi
Austin, tx USA - Friday, September 13, 2002 at 14:50:20 (PDT)


Some things I am most fond of about my sweet brother-in-law were closely guarded. I selfishly keep a few memories tucked away. Memories of quiet conversations and heartfelt words exchanged. I was privileged to know a different side of Matt: a humble Matt; a tentative and inquisitive Matt; a young man so determined to make his own way yet so in need of reasurrance; a "little brother" seeking my advice then saying "thanks sis" with a classic big hug like nobody but Matt could give. Then the smile. Anyone who ever met him can close their eyes and see that smile! Being with Matt was intoxicating: Fun, Charming, Witty, Fun, Smart, Sweet, Fun. He had a gift in his ability to relate to and endear himself to all people from all walks of life. Those who were lucky enough to know him well got to know the tender, giving spirit that filled his heart. I am also privileged to know well "Matt's Mom" and "Matt's Dad". They are both strong and loving and smart and confident and generous and honest...and fun. Others have written about Matt's love for his family, and I, too, delighted in observing his interactions with his grandparents, parents and brother. He gleefully shared stories about cousins and aunts and Christmas vacations spent in Florida. He relished time spent with his mom and dad, no matter what they did together. And he eagerly welcomed a brother into his life and sought to build and sustain a bond with him over the years that demonstrated the very definition of friendship and love. For that relationship I am most grateful...Bill will always cherish the time he had with his brother. And I am thankful for every minute that I got to spend with Matt. As are we all. I, too, will miss him desperately. Matt was real. He was human...Matt was not without fault, but I somehow feel now that our Matt was an angel. The love he gave has continued to grow and is being shared now among everyone who knew him. As we all try to make some sense out of why you are not here, Matt, I feel you are somehow watching over us; that you will somehow inspire us to laugh...and smile...and have fun...again.
Karen
San Antonio, TX USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 22:02:16 (PDT)


MATT... I KNOW I ONLY REALLY KNEW YOU FOR JUST ALITTLE TIME BUT I FELT LIKE I HAD MADE A BIG BROTHER I NEVER HAD. I KNOW YOUR IN A GOOD PLACE BECAUSE YOU HAVE MY MOM TO BE WITH AND I'M SURE SHE WILL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED IN MY HEART AND WILL BE MISSED SO DEEPLY. MISS AND LOVE YOU LOTS. STEPHANIE, JASON, AND BAILEE WILLIAMS
STEPHANIE HELDT
ROUND ROCK, TX USA - Wednesday, September 11, 2002 at 11:04:32 (PDT)


I can remember the first time that I met Matt. We were both freshman in high school and both in ag. Matt was someone that could light up the room when he walked in. I also knew that I did not have to worry about anybody messing with me. Matt was someone that you always count on to help. At stock shows Matt made the times fun when  there was nothing to do. He could make you laugh even if you did not feel like it. Not many of you know that Matt showed hogs in high school. I am glad that we were able to walk together at graduation with just a couple of people between us. I am glad that I got to know him. When I heard that we had lost another person from the class of 1995, I did not want to believe it. I know that my son has the best guardian angel that he could ask for in Matt. On behalf of the James Bowie FFA, we will miss that great smile and the happiness that you brought to all of us. My Parents were not able to attend the funeral and are praying for you and your family. Amy Miller Luton GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS!!!!!!
Amy Miller Luton
Del Valle , TX USA - Saturday, September 07, 2002 at 18:09:04 (PDT)


Dear Matt, I miss you very much. You are very special to me. I love you a lot. I will always remember you. You are loved by many people. Thank you for all you did and for all the help you gave me. You will always be in my heart. Thank you for all my gifts you gave me. Did you get your balloons and your book? Let me know. Love, Your Niece, Katie
Katie Bembry
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:25:14 (PDT)


I knew Matt for quite some time. We hung out sporadically for 8 or 9 years. I have many memories. From basketball (I will say now that he was better), to disc golf, to road trips, to going to the "bar", to just hanging out. The thing that I think we all remember, was that no matter what happened, or what the situation was, Matt was always in good mood. Always smiling. That's what drew so many people to him; his happiness and his good nature. I believe, in my heart, that I had the chance to become good friends with one of the best people that I will ever come across in my life. If I can become half of the person that he was, I will have done a wonderful job. Matt never had anything negative to say about a single person. I don't know how he did it. Maybe from what was instilled in him as a young boy, I don't know. Whatever it was, I hope that I find it. I cannot even begin to imagine the grief that Mr. and Mrs. Marsh, and the rest of his family for that matter, are dealing with. I know that their strength has helped many of us in our grieving. At the age of 18 I had my first chid. My precious little girl. She was born on June 6, 1996. I remember Matt saying, "Just one day sooner, just one more day". I think that we all wish that we had just one more day with you, buddy. There is a poem that I heard, that reminds of the way that Matt is and was. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, for I may not follow. Walk beside me and be my friend. I feel that this is the exact way that Matt acted towards everyone he came in contact with. Friendly. We all love you !! Keep smiling !! I know that you are. Save me a spot... Love you man, Spencer Wilkinson
Spencer Wilkinson
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:24:35 (PDT)


Hi, I am Tori Buerger-Scott, mom, Pat Buerger- Matt came into our lives when he and Tori started Bowie. Matt liked Tori and asked her to "go out with him", she said yes. I took her to HEB where he was working and he gave her a teddy bear and met me. They didn't last as girlfriend and boyfriend but became good friends. Matt stayed the night over here after a couple of parties and came over a lot to visit. We all loved him. He loved to talk to us about anything. He shared with me at a compsite out of Camp Ben (where we fixed a tent for boys and girls) how much he liked Tori. We had a good conversation, one of many. Tori's sister, kids, and husband loved Matt and his personality. "That beautiful smile"-it just held you to him for a moment. My husband and I loved him a lot. He was a joy to be around, "period". My son passed away during Matt and Tori going out, Matt gave me so much energy in sight to his feelings. I always felt cheery when he was around and if I was sad his hugs were great. During the beginning of liking Jennifer Milear they came a lot to our house and ran in the same crowed. After their relationship Matt shared some of his confused feelings with me it made me proud. The last time my family saw Matt he was at the fair ground for the rodeo. He was so full of love for us. He had grown up. Our grand daughter then, 18 walked up to Matt and he hugged her and put her phone number in his cell phone so he could call her and invite her out with him and his friends. He never called. I'm sure he was busy, but she felt so good about him and loved him a lot. He played with her when ever she was here when he came. He danced with her several times. He was a wonderful human being. I just wanted you to know Matt touched our lives. We will miss him, but he will always be in our hearts and memories. You had a wonderful son and he was blessed with heart. I know a little of what you all are feeling, and I grieve for you. Your memories will help you so much-a quiet moment of reflection will do much good. I am sorry for your loss. Pat Buerger 8400 Boling Dr. Austin, Texas 78736
Pat Buerger
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:23:19 (PDT)


WE KNEW HE WAS SPECIAL THE DAY HE WAS BORN. I REMEMBER SITTING IN THE LOBBY AT THE HOSPITAL WITH REGULAR REPORTS FROM HIS DAD STEVE ON THE PROGRESS THAT MOM AND BABY WERE MAKING. AND THE GLOW OF PRIDE WHEN STEVE ANNOUNCED THAT IT WAS A BOY, AND THE LOOK ON JANET'S FACE WHEN SHE HELD HIM. ALL OF THIS WAS JUST REINFORCED OVER THE WEEKEND I SPENT IN AUSTIN. THE OUTPOURING OF LOVE FROM HIS MANY FRIENDS, AND THE WONDERFUL STORIES THEY TOLD ABOUT HIM (ALL WITH A HAPPY ENDING). WE WILL ALL MISS HIM, HIS WONDERFUL SMILE, HIS OUT-GOING PERSONALITY THAT MADE FRIENDS EVERYWHERE HE WENT. I WAS TOUCHED BY THE MANY PEOPLE WE MET IN AND AROUOND AUSTIN WHO HAD MET HIM, THE YOUNG GIRL WHO HELPED AUNTS KAREN AND DONNA FIND JUST THE RIGHT BOOK OF TRIBUTES IN BARNES AND NOBLE; THE CLERK WHO HELPED US IN KINKOS. AND EVEN PEOPLE I MET IN THE AIRPORT AND AIRPLANE ON MY WAY HOME WHO SAW HIS MEMORIAL AROUND MY NECK, HE WAS STILL TOUCHING PEOPLE. SLEEP WELL OUR SWEET SWEET LOVED ONE.
Gramdmama
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:21:54 (PDT)


I don't even know where to begin, all I know is what a loss I feel right now... I am grateful for the 5 year friendship I had with Matt, and what an unusual one at that... My sister's best friend, and then my best friend's boyfriend, but above-all always my friend. So I have to admit, I still don't know why we had to constantly rib each other I can't even count how many times Gina wanted to scream because we wouldn't stop picking on each other or arguing about the stupidest things (but it was always in fun) ... and don't think that I still don't know that I was ALWAYS right!!! :) But even through our bickering I have such great memories. Like going to Copeland when I got the fast dances and Gina got the slow ones, or our trips to Schlitterbaun each summer, or to Fiesta Texas, or when I had to borrow you from Gina to watch a highschool play off game or to see a scary movie... Getting advice about boys, or just complaining about them... I guess I always thought of you as a big brother, part of the family... It wouldn't suprise me if my mom loved you more, and you know I definitely wouldn't ask Shelia that question... I guess what I should say is what a great friend you were and how much you will be missed especially: your smile (when witnessing my horrible hair cut), playing softball, going mudding in your jeep, watching 90210 or Dawson's Creek (the wed. night rituals), and especially Dancing... I have never had a better partner!!! I still can't believe you have left us here, but you are in a better place. Tell my Mom and Dad hello for me... I love you...and will miss you always Stac...
Stacy Danek-Franklin
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:20:20 (PDT)


I can't really remember exactly when I met Matt, I know it was in the summer because he had the top and doors off his jeep. I had always wanted a jeep and I thought it was so cool!! At that time Matt had long hair and you couldn't miss the two toungue piercings, eyebrow ring, and three earrings. (Not my usual type, but man I thought he was cute!) When we started dating and I took him to meet my parents I thought my dad was going to have a heart attack!! When Matt stood next to my dad he made him look about three feet tall. But Matt just shook his hand and smiled, it didn't take long for anyone (including my dad) to see past the piercings and into what a genuinely nice person he was. We dated for just shy of two years and I think I got to see a very different side of Matt than most, I got to see Matt around his family. I knew the Matt who loved spending Friday nights playing scrabble or pictionary with his parents. He loved his family more than anything, you could see his eyes light up any time he talked about them, especially his mom. The happiest I ever saw him was when we went to Florida one Christmas. I had heard so much about his grandparents, and how fun all his cousins were and all about his "cool" Aunt Donna. I felt like I already knew them. He was surrounded by his family and he loved it, he told me he wished everyday could be like that. I have enough wonderful memories of Matt to write a book. Being with Matt I learned so many things - to dance, not to worry when he was three hours late (he was just playing basketball) and to find out what was really important before I worried about it. I am thankful for everyday that I had with him, and I am thankful for everyday he loved me and I loved him. There is a small place inside of me that feels hollow. I know it is not just me who feels this, it is everyone who knew and loved him. I will miss you Matt!! XOXOXOXOX Gina
Gina Yowell
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:16:15 (PDT)


I am sure that everyone feels like you just can't say enough about this wonderful man, I know I never could. I will never forget meeting Matt in high school, and how his smile would last forever. He was at all of my basketball games when we dated, and ready to give me pointers at any time. I of course had to remind him how short I was and could not do all the moves he could or would do. His spirit and determination helped me at one of the hardest times in my life, loosing my brother, and I honestly would not of made it without Matt. My parents adored Matt more than anyone will ever know, I thought sometimes he was not ever going to leave our house. All in all, Matt will always be in my heart for the love he showed me and my family and just for being that friend and person I always could go to. I am deeply sorry for everyone's loss but he is able to watch out for all of us now, and not miss anything going on. Love ya man.
Tori (Buerger) Scott AKA Dynamite
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:11:46 (PDT)


My favorite memory of Matt was one of him during our sophomore year at Bowie dancing in my living room on a wood floor covered in baby powder, and of course, surrounded by friends. He always had a smile on his face, a kind word to say, and a song to sing. I knew few people who had as many friends as Matt did, and that says a lot. I have been and will continue to pray for his family and friends and hope that thoughts of him will provide you with the comfort and peace that is needed to get through today, tomorrow, and every day after. Matt, save a dance for me.
Trish Mudgett
USA - Friday, September 06, 2002 at 20:09:35 (PDT)


Dear Matthew, You accomplished so many things in your very young life. Your drive and determination were matched only by your zest for life. What impressed me most was the content of your character, and the size of your heart. Your beautiful smile is forever etched in my mind. Your spirit will always live on in my heart. I was so overwhelmed by your friends I met while in Austin. After high school, a person can usually count the number of good friends on one hand. You on the other hand were blessed with scores of wonderful, interesting, caring friends, just like yourself! Goodnight sweet angel, sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite. I love you, Aunt Karen
Aunt Karen
Tallahassee, Fl USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 20:12:15 (PDT)


Matt, You are going to be greatly missed by all of us. I will take you with me every time that I hear a country song or on that hard wood floor. I am going to miss your smile and your ongoing drive to make everyone else carry that joy that was in your heart. You were and always will be an inspiration to your huge group of friends and will always be missed and loved. I hope that if I learned one thing from you that is to live life to the fullest. We all Love you Matt!! LOVE CORAL AND KELSIE SMITH
Coral Smith
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 13:33:42 (PDT)


I am glad that I had the opportunity to know you Matt because to know you is to love you. It is hard to make sense of this all and we all have a lot of unanswered questions but maybe through this all people will reflect back on how selflessly you lived your life, and the way you embraced life with open arms. Then hopefully it will rub off on others who knew you and. It is such a comfort to know that you had recently become a Christian as well. Now I know I will get to see you again in heaven. Your smile and passion for life will be greatly missed but we will never forget the precious time that we all got to share with you. I am thankful to have known you and will always cherish the memories!!
Andrea Moore
Austin, TX USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 09:35:17 (PDT)


Matt, what joy you brought into this world and what a great many lives you touched. You were indeed God's angel at work here among us for just a short while. You will not be forgotten. Watch over and reassure those you love that all is well while await our next reunion in God's Great Dance Hall. Love, Gay
Gay Ruggiano
Au, Tx USA - Wednesday, September 04, 2002 at 08:19:55 (PDT)


Matt I will truly miss you, thank you for opening your arms to me from the very first day I met you, I'm very thankful to God that I met a friend like you. And when I'm playing basketball you'll always be my sixth man, and because of you I have a new family. "LOVE YOU MAN"
Jeramy McClaude
austin, tx USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 13:03:37 (PDT)


"Big Matt"...you will be truly missed! I will always remember your bright & beautiful smile, your kind words and your awesome personality!! I will carry your loving memory in my heart always....I LOVE YOU!:)
Toni St.Amant
Austin, TX USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 11:34:35 (PDT)


With respect and fond affection for Matt's family -- Metta

~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blue Lagoon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In a beautiful blue lagoon on a clear day,
a fine sailing ship spreads
its brilliant white canvas
in a fresh morning breeze and
sails out to the open seas.

We watch her glide away
magnificently through the deep blue
and gradually see her grow
smaller and smaller as she nears the horizon.

Finally, where the sea and the sky meet,
she slips silently from sight;
and someone near me says,
"There she is gone!"

Gone where? Gone from sight - that is all.
She is still just as large in
mast and hull and sail, still
just as we say, "There she is gone!",
another says, "There, she comes!"
 

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Metta Zetty
San Antonio, TX USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 10:43:31 (PDT)

 


Matt, The world is a better place because you were here. And it is diminished that you are gone. I will miss you. Your friend forever Harmon
Harmon Miller
Round Rock, TX USA - Tuesday, September 03, 2002 at 09:17:45 (PDT)

 

 

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